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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

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Over the Edge Radio
Apr 2, 1988
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The start of this episode, "The UFO Show", appears to be cut off in this recording; it begins in the middle of an interview about alien visitation. It seems to be the first episode of what became the "Another UFO" series. A montage of accusations, reports and declarations dominate this show: conspiracies involving the assassination of Kennedy 10 days after a UFO pronouncement, and Jimmy Carter falling back on his promises to open the world to the UFO truth. Movies and radio...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 1, 1991
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Omer Edge begins the show from his remote location in the Lucky Muck swamp where he intends to document the nature of swamp gas and why UFO's are constantly mistaken for it. An audio memo from the Netweb's Retro-History Project lays out the basics of the reversible logic which the Netweb uses to "transinfiltrate" future informational adjustments into past programming and why. Then this show focuses on the most famous and best documented event in modern UFO history - The alleged saucer...
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1993
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Omer Edge returns to the studio from the Lucky Muck Swamp he was in for the Roswell show (Nov. '91) and realizes he is the victim of "missing time" (about 2 years?). Another recorded memo from Howland's Retro-History Project explains and confuses everything. This show deals with all kinds of material relating to the UFO abductions phenomenon, drawing from radio and TV features on UFO's, UFOlogist interviews, other broadcasts covering the subject (principally Art Bell's syndicated late...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 1993
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Probing Mars
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Dreamland II
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Dreamland I
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Mutilation
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
May 1, 1994
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Includes Subgenius bit at the end
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Sightings and Technology
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Abductions II
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 1, 1994
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Roswell II
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Above and Below
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1995
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In somewhat of a holdover from last week's subjects, we begin with a mix of several UFO investigators and the director of the made-for-TV movie, Roswell, discussing the various rumors and speculations concerning a film, supposedly made by the U.S. government in 1947, of the autopsy on the aliens recovered from the Roswell saucer crash. This rather suspicious film has recently surfaced in private hands in England, and the owner has been tantalizing media types with short clip screenings in an...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - True or False
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jun 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Fire in the Media
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Autopsy II
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Autopsy I
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Autopsy III
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Autopsy V
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 1, 1995
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Over the Edge: OTE Debunks
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Over the Edge Radio
Mar 21, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Nova Agenda
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 11, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO The Early Years
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Aug 22, 1996
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aka: Another UFO (What Are We supposed To Think Now?) Contains: Pastor Dick, Hal Robins, Don In this discussion oriented mix, we present five hours of “What Are We Supposed To Think Now?”, with your heavenly host, the Reverend Tilt Reptilian. Somewhat reminiscent of the “Christianity Is Stupid” OTE show, Pastor Dick and Tilt “seriously” debate, not the existence, but the nature and motivations of UFOs. Tilt thinks they’ve always been here and are operated by whatever off-planet...
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 11, 1996
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One of the most unique and amazing episodes of Over The Edge in its history, Don's car breaks for the last time, Dons breaks character for the first time, and Don breaks it all down for you, the listener, as he threatens to quit doing Over The Edge if he cannot get an automobile donated to him by the end of the show. Does he succeed? Do the listeners come to the rescue? Tune in and find out! The second and third hours of the show become World Radio World II, with a car donation wrap up at the...
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Over the Edge Radio
Oct 25, 1996
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For those of you following the story so far, Dons only car really did blow up - World Radio World II Car Pledge (October 11, 1996) He really did need another car, and the very first caller who phoned in that week and offered to donate a car actually *did* donate that car - a 1978 Chevy Nova - to Don, who continued to drive it each week to Over the Edge until his death in 2015. Many thanks to Jeff Mayhew, who was that caller, for donating that Chevy Nova to Don, which quite literally allowed...
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 10, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Implants
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 17, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Don't Be Afraid
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 24, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Mr. X
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 14, 1996
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Christmas Spirit
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 1, 1997
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Physics I
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 1, 1997
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Bentwaters
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 1, 1997
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Physics II
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
May 1, 1998
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - The Circlemakers I
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
May 1, 1998
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - The Circlemakers II
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
May 28, 1998
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Over the Edge: Another UFO The Circlemakers III
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 8, 1998
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Crash and Garry
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Feb 1, 1999
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A show about the difficulty of telling fact from fiction and truth from lies in modern life. We begin with Mr. Edge reading a UMN memo-alert explaining why the year long "Halloween '99" programming policy has been rescinded, then move on with the factual unreliability of the internet, the Roswell UFO mystery solved but no one cares, Monica Lewinsky testifies and Senate lawyers spin, a lengthy Laura Lee razor tape on confusion and discernment, a ridiculous razor edit describing...
Topic: Series: True/False
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 23, 1999
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Examples from the way the press USED to report this stuff, and numerous very convincing eyewitness reports, most by commercial airline pilots, which don't leave much doubt that there sure is SOMETHING out there in the air lanes that doesn't conform to anything that officialdom traditionally invokes to explain them. I like the pilot reports most of all because they are usually once or twice in a lifetime sightings and these people generally down to earth and know what they are looking at up...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Nov 9, 2000
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On this post election night when the new president is still unknown, this mix includes network coverage, C. Elliot Friday on his own network, soundtrack bits from Slacker, another ufo, the Piece Of Pie piece, and enough sliced and diced music for a whole salad of doubts, legends, lies and whispers.
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 20, 2001
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Beginning with historical lore of witch seductions and sucubus type nocternal encounters, we arrive at the creepy contemporary version involving sex with aliens, particularly the oft sighted reptillion alien species who seem to enjoy this activity most. First person accounts of not always reluctant intercourse, the screen image disguises that sometimes gets the foreplay going, and what all this might be about. -- Don Joyce
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 26, 2001
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Beginning with World war II, this ranges from Hitler's vertical take-off vehicles, to the transplantation of that program to us where saucer craft emerged, to Roswell's extra-terrestrial saucer and a few of its close to being there witnesses, to Area 51s' S4 area where that saucer is rumoredwitnessed to have ended up. Updated Bob Lazar telling the story of his employment there as an alien saucer back engineer, and Victor who smuggled a video of a live alien with humans in a holding room out of...
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 20, 2001
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Over Russia
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 20, 2001
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Over the Edge: Another UFO UFOs Over Russia
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 28, 2002
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Twilight Time
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Apr 11, 2002
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The night manager occasionally hosts this receptacle mix from his family radio concerning Disney music, The lawnchair balloon flight over LA, Twilight Time UFO leftovers, the old western omlet again, appropriated music, and Ethel and The Downloaders belt us off with No Business Like Stealing.
Topic: Series: Receptacle
Over the Edge Radio
Aug 22, 2002
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Hypnotized
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 19, 2002
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - 50s UFO
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Oct 30, 2003
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Halloween for Cows
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Mar 25, 2004
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Over the Edge: Another UFO UFO Radio
Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 30, 2004
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Earth People
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
Over the Edge Radio
Sep 29, 2005
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This five hour edition moves on and on with all our continuing radio characters like Negativland doing an interminably incompetent broadcast from WNUR, Evanston Ill. while on tour in 2000, the continuing free-dum saga of Howard Stern, an entry from "Another UFO" in which Art Bell is debunked and Jackie Gleeson interrogates the author of a 50s UFO book on the Long John Neble Show, Chris Morris with "On The Hour" from the early 90s BBC, People Like Us, and more.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
Over the Edge Radio
Jul 6, 2006
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Still in the time frame of Part 7 (Late Ô40s and early Ô50s) we focus in depth on the birth of both the atomic age and the modern UFO phenomenon as they both appeared on radio of the time. As post war atomic bomb testing on Bikini Island in the Pacific is covered by radio, Kenneth Arnold launches the term "flying saucer" after sighting a few while flying over Washington State. The Government establishes a series of UFO investigative groups culminating in Project Blue Book, as nation...
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Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
Over the Edge Radio
Aug 31, 2006
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Beginning in the late 50s and pushing into the early 60s, for five hours we cover the decline of the first generation of rock, yet another UFO, the Soviet vs. American space programs, the cold war and the bomb, the golden age of the western genre, and the beginning of the girl group explosion.
Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 31, 2008
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Over the Edge: How Radio Was Done 66
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Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
Over the Edge Radio
May 17, 2013
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As NASA's Mercury Program continues to launch in the early 60s and UFO sightings continue unabated, our radio goes top 40 and our music goes surfing and then romantically pop. Also, comedy from Jonathan Winters and acid parties with Timothy Leary and Alan Watts.
Topic: Series: Universe
Over the Edge Radio
Dec 27, 2013
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An all 60s comedy show filled with The Firesign Theatre, The Congress Of Wonders, and Bob & Ray, with an opening Christmas bit from Nichols and May. We range across and intermix several 60s album releases and radio work from the first two, and tap into the 60s daily radio improvisations of Bob & Ray. The Moon in the 60s is also always just over our shoulder with Apollo communications and a novelty UFO song. We go a little long when Puzzling Evidence fails to show up on time for his show.
Topic: Series: Universe
Over the Edge Radio
Jan 31, 2014
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This 5 hour edition is largely taken up with the music of Quicksilver Messenger Service, one of my faves from the 60s San Francisco music scene, and rarely emphasized among the pantheon of San Francisco groups of that day. So here they are, in all their glory, alternate versions, and outakes, but mostly in live performances. Later in the show, we return to "Another UFO" for some unbelievable tales of encounters from UFO icons like Adamski and Van Tassel, which occurred (or didn't) in...
Topic: Series: Universe
Over the Edge Radio
May 30, 2014
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5 hours of UFO sightings and encounters described by witnesses and investigators, many from the 60s, including pioneer investigator Jacques Vallee giving a historical overview of the sighting phenomenon throughout history back to antiquity, interspersed with saucer songs, saucer philosophy, and mass media's approach to the subject. Due to Izzy Isn't's extreme aggravation with phone fidelity, he ends Receptacle Programming on this night.
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Topic: Series: Universe